Can you trust the people on the edge?

Lately I’ve been thinking about stage diving. It is something that I will probably never do. But George Watsky got John Green to do it, so I will not exclude it completely.
Now when you see people stage dive, they almost always do it straight ahead, right into the front and center of the crowd. They never go to the sides or move toward the edges.
As stage diving is essentially a huge trust exercise; the diver jumps into the arms of the crowd and hopes that the people underneath him will hold him up; the question arises if stage divers don’t trust the people on the edge.
Well, let’s look at the composition of a crowd at a rock concert. Usually the most extrovert, confident and loud people hang out front and center. They are the people who can handle standing in a sweaty bowl of human bodies who are pulsating and bumping into each other while a cascade of concentrated noises washes over them. There is no fear of invasion of personal space or bleeding ears. There might be some intoxication going on to dull the senses just a little bit.
The people on the outside, by contrast are more introverted. They might enjoy the performance immensely, but they don’t need to be the center of attention. They also don’t need to take a sweat bath or have their ears permanently damaged. They might even like to talk with their friends without having to shout their lungs out.
So are those people on the edges less trustworthy?
I don’t think so. I am sure that they are just as supportive as the ones who stand front and center.
Are those on the edge spread out in wider intervals? Most likely they are and that could prove to be a problem in holding up another person. Although I think that the people on the edge will move and help each other, should a stage diver come their way. Most people are rather flexible that way.
However, I presume we will never find out, because nobody ever stage dives to the edge.

P.S. Another observation of mine is that stage divers are predominantly male, therefore I used him, his and he throughout the post.

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2 Responses to Can you trust the people on the edge?

  1. wysiwyg88 says:

    While your observations are most likely true I can’t help but feel on a more practical level the front center section of any crowd is going to be have the highest density of people in it so that even in the event they don’t try to catch you they are still between you and the floor. Provided they don’t part before you like Jack Black in School of Rock. Also both John Green and Watsky psyche their audiences up for it in their own inimitable fashion so they’re in no doubt what is coming. Depending on which rock concert you’re going to you can generally tell who is more likely to stage dive.
    Also I hope this doesn’t come across as victim blaming but I think the reason you don’t see more female stage divers is that the fact of doing so almost guarantees you’ll be groped at some point. The men who do it I think have made peace with this fact and understand that in doing it they’re at the very least inviting it. I don’t think many women feel as comfortable opening themselves up to that.

  2. ChelseaIRL says:

    As someone who has experienced several concerts from both perspectives, I’ll say it’s not attention seeking that drives you to the center. it’s unity with a pinch- and in some cases a large dose- of fervor. yes, the center is a bit sweatier than the outsides, but it’s also a lot friendlier. and while performers get thrown back up to the center, never to reach the edges, your run-of-the-mill fan-on-the-stage stage diver depends on that fringe to place them down gently at the end of their ride.
    and as for it being a male dominant sport, that’s because girls have boobs and things they don’t want felt up by opportunistic hands. which is a shame, since girls are lighter (ie. easier to hold up). šŸ˜›

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